What Time Is Check In Time?

check-inAnyone who travels much knows there is a check-in time for your flight or at the hotel where you have your reservation. In fact, for your hotel, it is right there on the confirmation statement which is on your mobile device or printed copy. You might ask yourself, “why is this necessary, I am here now, can’t I just check-in?” The reason is turnover or turnaround time.

When guests are departing they need to be allowed enough time to conduct their personal business of showering, eating their breakfast and packing up their belongings.  Then the hotel cleaning crew and the mini-bar accountants have to conduct their business. If there are any items in need of maintenance or repair these need to be taken care of as well.

It may seem odd, however, there are a good number of people who do not understand or recognize any of this as legitimate. Is it any wonder then that there are a majority of people who do not check-in with their business vision, mission and goals or their personal vision, mission and goals either?

At a minimum, a check-in should be conducted every three months, a quarterly process. A more progressive business would check in at least monthly. For the business, the leadership team should meet for half a day or an entire day, and review the current vision, mission and goals statement and check-in to see if these are still a reality or not.  Where is there a disconnect? Do changes need to be considered? Where are things running right in line with these statements? What are the reasons in each case for either the disconnect or the right in line activities or behavior?

Action steps with dates and names must be agreed to prior to the end of the meeting. A personal check-in optimally is a weekly activity. For example, every Sunday evening might be a great time to review and assess what you have planned in your own vision, mission and goals statements and then compare this to the reality.  What is going right and why? What is going wrong and why? Are these statements of your personal vision, mission and goals the right ones for you personally? Plan out action steps with time frames in order to make adjustments as necessary.

The goal of creating vision statements, mission statements and written goals is not to just have them. The goal is to live them. One of the ways to accomplish this is to check-in as often as necessary and analyze the reality.

Mitch Tublin is an advanced certified executive and personal coach who resides in Stamford, CT.

Success Secrets to Let Your Business Be All That It Can Become

Success SecretsEveryone wants to know the secrets to building a successful business. The secrets are not really complex. You just need to implement them. In essence, a little more work than to rub Aladdin’s Lamp. The importance and the need to have a clear business vision, mission and plan cannot be stressed enough. Then again, it is a useless exercise! It is worthless to spend the time and the effort to create these!

Yes, you read that correctly. It is useless if all you do is create a mission, a vision, and a plan, and never review them on a regular basis to ascertain if they are still relevant. It is not worth the time and effort if you do not regularly measure where the business is against where your expectations are, according to these items.

Now you are creating a valuable method of moving your business toward achieving success. For Example, let’s look at Borders Books. They took their eyes off their Business and their customers wants and needs. They did not even recognize the real threat, Amazon, until too late. They were too busy looking at what other businesses were doing, like rewards programs, and not their own business and direction for bottom-line results.

This is not to say you should not watch what your competition does or what other businesses are doing. What is being said is that you do not need to copy what is being done. You must focus on your vision, mission and plan. You must measure and track and revisit and make adjustments as needed.

A business of any size should have a process in place in order to obtain these metrics. There are times when the largest of corporations have created such a nightmare of numbers, the ability to readily and easily know where you are and what direction you need to take is lost in the jumbled mess. It is time to break it down and simplify. If the most senior people are not able to explain in five or ten minutes with a pencil and a napkin where you are and where you are going, you have made your business too complicated. If that is true for the large corporations, it is even more so for a small to medium sized business.

You might not like to read this, yet it is a fact. There are about a half dozen numbers which should tell the facts about what your business has been doing, and what the future holds. Know these and make the adjustments necessary to stay on track or to get back on track.

Contact Mitch Tublin for an appointment today – info@easysmallbusinesssolutions.com or call 877-907-8223.

Will You Be Successful in Your Business When Something Goes Awry?

The importance of creating and writing up your mission and vision statements for your business are critical. The regular visitation of your goals and plans to achieve these goals with timelines are what keeps you and your team on track.

There are times, especially when you are really busy, successful, constantly working, fighting fires and providing your clients with your best, that one may be tempted to push to the side the regular review of the goals and planning process. In actual fact, this is the most important time to review where you are and where you intend to go.

An excellent example is to be prepared for when the unexpected takes place and the wrong items or actions begin to take place. These may be caused from within such as technical issues, personnel or a problem from the outside such as a client incident, a personal relationship gone badly or an industry distress situation.

It is for these reasons that your goals and your plans need to be reviewed on a regular basis. What if cases discussed and considered. Potentially a few “Plan B” scenarios are created ‘just in case’. It is this exact process which actually will prepare you and those involved to be able to quickly react if and when something goes awry.

When you are faced with adversity in your business you correct your course. No one has ever taken their business directly in a straight line from start up to a business success story. Some may speak about it taking place that way. It does not happen this way though – Ever. It is a zigzag path to success.

It is through the regular review process that you become alerted to something which is just not right, it is off center. This will then permit you to put into place the course corrections needed to continue toward the ultimate goals.

If you are ready to map out your mission, vision, goals, plan and more contact Mitch Tublin today – www.thementorguy.com.